How nutritious is August Moon pomelo?

Growing up in Taipei, my family celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival with a moonlit picnic on our apartment building’s roof. There would always be tea, moon cakes and pomelo (柚子), as we gazed at the moon and enjoyed being together. The fragrance of pomelo brings back many happy memories.

Pomelo is seasonal,almost tasting like a sweet grapefruit. It is a citrus fruit with a thick rind that makes for a bright green helmet. As a citrus fruit, it can also be eaten in sections. Three to four pomelo sections are about 60 calories. While this is nowhere near the calorie count of a moon cake, do be mindful of how much pomelo you consume.

A pomelo has three times the vitamin C of a lemon and eight times that of an apple. It also has calcium, protein and fiber.

Consuming 100 grams of pomelo will include110 milligrams of potassium, or about a third of one’s recommended daily dosage, according to the Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare. For individuals with kidney problems, they should watch their intake of pomelo carefully.

Fiber in pomelo is tough to digest, so individuals with ulcers and other stomach-related issues should eat less. It also reacts with antihistamines, with possible side effects including headache and heart palpitations.

Pomelo is largely beneficial, although its nutritional properties are not for everyone. The mild flavor is unlike anything else and makes it an August Moon staple.

 

 

3-4片柚子60大卡的熱量

小蕃茄、柚子番石榴、木瓜

For kidney patients (腎臟病患者要注意) 柚子每100公克鉀含量110毫克,約一天1/3個含鉀量176毫克

(Ministry of Health and Welfare) 行政院衛生署建議,每日至少三份蔬菜兩份水果,在歡慶佳節的同時,也不可以忘記多吃蔬菜喔,蔬菜含有豐富的抗氧化物質,可以減少烤肉產生的多環芳烴物質對身體的影響。中秋節盛產的柚子,也要適量攝取,因為水果的熱量不低喔。

柚子含有柚皮甙、維生素C、鈣、蛋白質等營養素外,熱量也很低。柚子的維生素C的含量為檸檬的3倍、蘋果的8倍,表皮更含有珍貴的精油成分,是一般柑桔類的4倍,還含有天然果膠和高纖維,有助於養顏美容、傷口癒合。此外,柚子還含有豐富的礦物質、酵素、檸檬酸。

柚子中的柚皮甙,可以降低血液的黏滯度,防止血栓及中風。在新鮮的柚子中也含有類胰島素成分,能降血糖,為糖尿病、肥胖症患者的理想食物。柚子中的枸櫞酸,則具有消除人體疲勞的作用。

柚子的纖維不易消化,吃太多會造成腹部脹氣、腸胃蠕動過快,因此腸胃功能欠佳者應少食。柚子也會妨礙避孕藥的吸收,另外,服用抗過敏藥的患者食用柚子,則可能會導致頭昏、心悸、心律失常的問題。

 

  1. 《台灣常用食物療效180種》聯經
  2. 《圖解食物營養素》蘋果屋

Pomelo: http://www.foodcare.com.tw/label.aspx?article=4625

衛生局 alternatives: http://mag.udn.com/mag/life/storypage.jsp?f_ART_ID=413851

 

fruit: http://www.ylh.ntuh.gov.tw/ylh/paper/94/9403/moon.ppt

 

Med school tips: http://he.tmu.edu.tw/e_paper/e_paper_c.php?SID=99

 

About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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